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Religion, philosophy and ethics

We aim to enable students to think rationally, lucidly, independently and critically, to discuss intelligently, and to argue cogently.

Religion, philosophy and ethics at City

The study of religion, philosophy and ethics leads to healthy debate and lively discussion through the investigation of our beliefs and practices. As a multi-faith school, we explore these topics with sensitivity, respect and thought.

Why study religion, philosophy and ethics at City?

Religion, philosophy and ethics is the only subject in the curriculum which allows students to consider what it means to be human and to explore and challenge the established norms of society. We allow every pupil to become more aware of contemporary issues in society, such as the developing world, prejudice, crime and punishment, sexuality, as well as the religious and non-religious responses to these issues. Students are challenged to develop a deeper understanding of some of the controversial religious and secular issues faced by the modern world; it is a vital and relevant discipline.

We aim to pursue academic rigour while instilling a love of learning and fascination with the variety of belief and non-belief in all our students. We believe that religion, philosophy and ethics is an essential part of all students' education because it exposes students to the ideas of the greatest thinkers our world has known and encourages a critical view of them and develops invaluable transferable skills which are demanded for many professions and are necessary for many areas of life. As a department we aim to enable students to think clearly, honestly and accurately in the field of experience often referred to as religion and belief, and to promote understanding and tolerance among peoples of a variety of faiths and those who have none.

Our Staff

Katie Bullard, MA (Cantab)
head of religion, philosophy and ethics
Miriam Ellis
teacher of religion, philosophy and ethics
Sophie Colbourne, BA & PGCE (King's College)
acting head of lower school; teacher of religion, philosophy and ethics
Susannah Gilham, BA (Oxon)
deputy head (pastoral) (DSL); teacher of religion, philosophy and ethics
Rachel Carnay, BA (Cantab), MA (Cantab)
teacher of religion, philosophy and ethics

Curriculum

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“I love discussing big questions in such an open way where there is no wrong answer. It is really interesting to learn about and understand people’s different views and perspectives about the same topics. It has never been more important to have curriculum time to have (sometimes difficult) conversations, listen to others and to think and be more curious, to question things more.”

Amber, year 11

Beyond the curriculum

In year 7 we host a question and answer session with a Rabbi, visit St Paul's Cathedral as well as Bevis Marks Synagogue. In year 9 we take students to visit the Jewish Museum. A trip to Rome is offered to years 10-13. Later for A level students attend a discussion between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

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